20 Sep '13, 5pm

Gina McCarthy Introduces EPA's Revised Rules for New Power Plants

Gina McCarthy Introduces EPA's Revised Rules for New Power Plants

McCarthy said the proposed rules are a flexible, achievable path forward for tomorrow's fleet of power plants. Under the rules, large natural gas-fired turbines would need to emit less than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per MWh, while new small natural gas-fired turbines would need to emit less than 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per MWh. New coal-fired units would need to emit less than 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per MWh or, to provide plants the flexibility and time to optimize technologies, between 1,000 and 1,050 pounds of carbon dioxide per MWh on average over 84 months of operation. The average U.S. coal plant emits 1,768 pounds of carbon dioxide per MWh-hour. Natural gas plants emit 800 to 850 pounds. Coal-fired electricity was responsible for about 37 percent of all power generation in 2012, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s website. Pr...

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